|Stelio Mattheos is enjoying the experience he's getting|
with the Wheat Kings this spring
The first overall pick in the 2014 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft joined the Wheat Kings at the end of the regular season and is soaking up the experience of being around the team for the past 2 1/2 weeks.
"It's really exciting to be able to get some practices in and just be here for the experience and really just watch what it's like to be part of a run like this," said Mattheos after Brandon's practice on Tuesday, "I've been learning new things every day and it's really been helpful."
The Winnipeg product had 14 goals and 25 points in 27 games with the Winnipeg Wild of the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League during the regular season but missed the last two months of the season with an injury, an injury that also caused him to miss the Canada Winter Games after being originally selected to Team Manitoba.
The fact his season has been prolonged with his callup to the Wheat Kings is something Mattheos welcomed.
"I feel fresh out there and it just feels great to be able to start practicing again and just get on the ice again and join this team," said Mattheos, who won't turn 16 until June, "The first thing I noticed right when I joined the team is how much of a family we are and how close everyone is. We've got a really strong group of veterans that have really made the transition easy for me."
Mattheos made his WHL debut and scored his first career goal in Brandon's regular season finale on March 21st against Moose Jaw and also saw his first post-season action in the WHL by playing in the first two games of Brandon's five-game victory over Edmonton in the first round.
It's uncertain how much further action Mattheos will see moving forward in the post-season, but there's no doubt being around the club this spring will be good preparation for this rookie season with Brandon in 2015-2016.